Chair, Historian and Writer
Abby Smith Rumsey is an intellectual and cultural historian. She focuses on the impact of information technologies on perceptions of history, time, and identity, the nature of evidence, and the changing roles of libraries and archives. Her most recent book is When We Are No More: How Digital Memory is Shaping our Future (2016).
Rumsey served as director of the Scholarly Communication Institute at the University of Virginia; Director of Programs at the Council on Library and Information Resources; and manager of programs relating to preservation of and access to cultural heritage collections at the Library of Congress. She served on the National Science Foundation’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Economics of Digital Preservation and Access; the American Council of Learned Societies’ Commission on the Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences; and the Library of Congress’s National Digital Information Infrastructure Program.
Board service includes: Chair, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences; the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library Advisory Council; the Stanford University Library Advisory Committee; the Society of Architectural Historians; the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia; and the Harvard Board of Overseers Committee to Visit the Harvard University Library. Rumsey received a BA from Harvard College and MA and PhD in Russian and intellectual history from Harvard University.
Vice-Chair, Executive Officer and Director of The Charles and Roberta Katz Family Foundation
Roberta Katz holds a PhD in anthropology as well as a law degree, and was previously the General Counsel of McCaw Cellular Corporation (now AT&T Wireless) and then of Netscape Corporation. From 2004 to 2017, she served under Stanford University Presidents John Hennessy and Marc Tessier-Lavigne as the Associate Vice president for Strategic Planning at Stanford. She also served as President Tessier-Lavigne’s interim chief of staff. Katz continues to be involved as a consultant to various interdisciplinary initiatives at Stanford, serves on several advisory and nonprofit boards, and is a co-author of Gen Z, Explained: The Art of Living in a Digital Age, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2021.
Sara Miller McCune Interim Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
Walter (Woody) Powell is the Sara Miller McCune Interim Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), the Jacks Family Professor of Education, and (by courtesy) Professor of Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science and Engineering, and Communication at Stanford University. He has been faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society since its founding in 2006. At PACS, he leads the Civic Life of Cities Lab, which studies civil society organizations in the SF Bay Area, Seattle, Shenzhen, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, and Vienna. He is also an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He has received honorary degrees from Uppsala University, Copenhagen Business School, and Aalto University, and is an international member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science and The British Academy. He has served on the board of directors of the Social Science Research Council since 2000. With Bob Gibbons (MIT), he has led the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) summer institute on Organizations and their Effectiveness since 2016. He was also a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences in 1986-87 and again in 2008-09.
Chief Legal Officer and Chief Risk Officer, Cruise LLC
Jeff Bleich serves as the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Risk Officer of Cruise LLC. His legal career has included serving as Special Counsel to President Obama in the White House, Special Master for the U.S. District Courts, court-appointed federal mediator, trial and appellate counsel, adjunct professor of law, and a managing partner of two international law firms. He has also served as the chair of multiple corporate boards, including the boards of PG&E Co. and Nuix USG, Inc. Besides these legal and business roles, he served as the 24th U.S. Ambassador to Australia from 2009 to 2013.
After receiving his B.A. in political science, magna cum laude from Amherst College, Bleich earned an M.P.P. from Harvard with highest honors in 1986, and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law with highest honors in 1989. At Berkeley, he served as editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. He clerked for Judge Abner J. Mikva on the D.C. Circuit, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on the U.S. Supreme Court, and Howard Holtzmann at the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in the Hague.
Bleich was a partner for 17 years at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, in San Francisco, where he specialized in high stakes technology litigation as well as significant pro bono civil rights matters. He was routinely recognized as one of the nation’s top lawyers by Best Lawyers, Law Dragon, and other publications. He holds, or has held, several other leadership positions, including as chair of the Fulbright Board, chair of the California State University Board of Trustees, president of the California State Bar, president of the Bar Association of San Francisco, chair of the ABA’s Amicus Curiae Committee, and president of the Barristers Club of San Francisco. In 1998, he was appointed by then-President Clinton to serve as director of the White House Commission on Youth Violence following the tragic Columbine shootings.
In recognition of his service, Bleich has received some of the nation’s top honors, including the highest awards for a non-career ambassador by the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Director of National Intelligence. In 2009, the City of San Francisco named a day in his honor. Bleich holds honorary degrees from San Francisco State University, Griffith University, and Flinders University in Adelaide, which in 2019 established the Bleich Bleich Centre for U.S. Alliance Studies in Digital Technology, Security, and Governance in his name.
Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
Xavier (Xav) de Souza Briggs is a senior fellow at Brookings Metro, part of the Brookings Institution. His work has focused on economic opportunity and inclusive growth, racial equity and pluralism, housing, urban and regional development, and democratic governance in the U.S. and abroad. An award-winning educator and researcher, he is also an experienced manager in philanthropy and government.
He has written or edited three books: The Geography of Opportunity: Race and Housing Choice in Metropolitan America, which won planning’s top book award; Democracy as Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe, a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Prize for best scholarly book on a social problem, and Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty, winner of the Brownlow Award. His views have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, CNN, and other major media, in English and in Spanish.
In 2020, he served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business, Public Service and Sociology at New York University and was a volunteer on the Biden-Harris Transition Team, conducting agency reviews, serving on the volunteer interviewer corps, and advising on business recovery, climate action, racial equity, worker empowerment, philanthropic partnerships, and other issues.
Prior to joining Brookings, he served for six years as vice president of the Ford Foundation, overseeing the its inclusive economies and markets work globally along with its regional program teams based in China, India, and Indonesia. He led the foundation’s efforts to build the field of impact investing and commit $1 billion of endowment assets, the largest-ever for a private foundation, for that purpose.
Previously, Briggs was professor of sociology and urban planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and served as head of MIT’s Housing, Community, and Economic Development Group. From January 2009 to August 2011, he was appointed by President Obama and served as associate director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. There he oversaw a wide array of policy, budget, and management issues for roughly half of the cabinet agencies of the federal government. He has also worked as a community planner in the South Bronx and faculty member at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
He serves on the boards of Demos, the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, the Global Impact Investing Network, JUST Capital, and One Fair Wage and is an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration. Xav holds an engineering degree from Stanford University, an MPA from Harvard, and a PhD in sociology and education from Columbia University. He also studied as a Rotary Scholar in Brazil.
Independent Co-Chairman, Deloitte Center for the Edge
John Seely Brown (JSB) was the Independent Co-chairman, Deloitte Center for the Edge. Prior to that he was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation until April 2002 and the Director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) until June 2000.
JSB is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. He serves on numerous private and public boards of directors, including Amazon, and has been a trustee for nonprofits including the MacArthur Foundation and In-Q-Tel. He coauthored (with Paul Duguid) The Social Life of Information (Harvard Business Review Press, 2000) and (with John Hagel) The Only Sustainable Edge (Harvard Business Review Press, 2005) and The Power of Pull (Basic Books, 2012) and The New Culture of Learning (CreateSpace, 2011) coauthored with Doug Thomas at USC. His most recent book - Design Unbound, (MIT Press) is coauthored with Ann Pendleton-Jullian from Ohio State University and RAND.
JSB received a BA in mathematics and physics from Brown University in 1962 and a PhD in computer and communication sciences from the University of Michigan in 1970. His 11 honorary degrees include: May 2000, Brown University, ScD; July 2001, London Business School, Honorary ScD in Economics; May 2004, Claremont Graduate University, Honorary DHL; May 2005, University of Michigan, Honorary ScD; May 2009, North Carolina State University, Honorary ScD; May 2011, Illinois Institute of Technology, Honorary Doctor of Design; July 2013, Singapore Management University, ScD(CSIS); May 2014, ScD, Bates College, May 2015, Arizona State University, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters; June 2018, Pardee RAND Graduate School, Honorary Doctor of Public Policy; May 2019, Rochester Institute of Technology, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Shona Brown joined Google’s executive team in 2003. She served in the capacity of SVP of Business Operations until 2011 when she transitioned to a role leading Google’s technology for social impact efforts, and in January of 2013 she moved into an advisory role with the company.
Currently, Dr. Brown serves on the board of directors of PepsiCo, Atlassian, and DoorDash. She is also a board member of several non-profit organizations including The Center For Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford, The Knight Foundation, and Code for America.
Prior to joining Google, Dr. Brown was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where her focus was working with technology companies on growth strategy and portfolio transformation. She is the author of Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos, which introduced a new strategic model for competing in volatile markets. She has a bachelor's degree in computer systems engineering from Carleton University in Canada, an M.A. in economics and philosophy from Oxford University (which she attended as a Rhodes scholar), and a Ph.D. from Stanford University's Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.
Founder, Carsey-Werner Company
Marcy Carsey was a partner with Tom Werner in the Carsey Werner Company, responsible for shows like "The Cosby Show," "Roseanne," "Third Rock from the Sun," and "That 70's Show."
Born in Weymouth, Massachusetts to a dad who worked in the shipyard and a mom who taught her to always go for it, Carsey graduated from the University of New Hampshire and headed to New York to get a foothold in TV as an NBC tour guide at 30 Rock. She rose through many jobs on both coasts, culminating in being named head of series television at ABC in Los Angeles. Her mom cheered.
In 1980 she left ABC to form her own production company, and later Tom Werner joined her. They had a great run, and now she puts her energies into things like public education, social justice causes and chairing the Hammer Museum board. Marcy has two children, Becky and Pete, and three stepchildren.
Chairman, Hitz Foundation, Founder Emeritus, NetApp
Dave Hitz is chairman of the Hitz Foundation, and Founder Emeritus of NetApp. Focus areas for the Hitz Foundation include Mayan archeology, 3D scanning of ancient sites and museum collections, and global sustainability. Hitz co-founded Play On Shakespeare, which has translated all of Shakespeare's plays into present-day, performable English; it is now sponsoring theatrical productions as well as podcasts of these translations. Play On has been called the single largest literary translation project since the King James Bible—and also “a waste of money and talent.” As chairman of Deep Springs College, Hitz helped guide the transition to coeducation after 100 years of all-male enrollment.
In 1992, Hitz co-founded NetApp, a Silicon Valley data management company. His roles included programmer, evangelist, architect, Executive VP of Engineering, cheerleader, strategist, and coach. Hitz is an inventor on 29 patents. He wrote a book, How to Castrate a Bull: Unexpected Lessons on Risk, Growth, and Success in Business, about NetApp's journey from startup to Fortune 500. Hitz is currently Founder Emeritus. Prior to NetApp, he worked for MIPS and Auspex.
Hitz dropped out of high school. He attended George Washington University, Swarthmore College, Deep Springs College, and—finally—Princeton University where he received a BSE in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. At Deep Springs College, Dave worked as a cowboy and learned to herd, brand, and castrate cattle.
Rob Jackson is the Douglas Provostial Professor at Stanford University. He and his lab study the many ways people affect the Earth. They are currently examining the effects of climate change and droughts on forest mortality and grassland ecosystems. They are also working to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Global Carbon Project (globalcarbonproject.org), which Jackson chairs. Examples of new projects include establishing a global network of methane tower measurements at more than 80 sites worldwide and measuring and reducing methane emissions from oil and gas wells, city streets, and homes and buildings.
As an author and photographer, Jackson has published a trade book about the environment (The Earth Remains Forever,University of Texas Press, 2002), two books of children’s poems, Animal Mischief (Boyds Mills Press, 2006)and Weekend Mischief (Highlights Magazine, 2010), and recent poems in the literary journals such as Southwest Review, Cortland Review, Cold Mountain Review, Atlanta Review, and LitHub. His photographs have appeared in many media outlets, including the NY Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and National Geographic News. Jackson was a CASBS fellow in 2019-20.
Tomás Jiménez is a Professor of Sociology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. He is also Director of the Undergraduate Program on Urban Studies. His research and writing focus on immigration, assimilation, social mobility, and ethnic and racial identity. His latest book, States of Belonging: Immigration Policies, Attitudes, and Inclusion(Russell Sage Foundation Press) (with Deborah Schildkraut, Yuen Ho, and John Dovidio) uses survey data (with an embedded experiment) and in-depth interviews to understand how state-level immigration policies shape belonging among Latino immigrants, US-born Latinos, and US-born whites in Arizona and New Mexico. His second book, The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants are Changing American Life (University of California Press, 2017), uses interviews from a race and class spectrum of Silicon Valley residents to show how a relational form of assimilation changes both newcomers (immigrants and their children) and established individuals (people born in the US to US-born parents). His first book, Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity(University of California Press, 2010), draws on interviews and participant observation to understand how uninterrupted Mexican immigration influences the ethnic identity of later-generation Mexican Americans. The American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Latinos/as Section selected the book for its Distinguished Book Award. Professor Jiménez has also published his research in Science, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Social Problems, International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Social Science Quarterly, DuBois Review, Social Currents, Qualitative Sociology, and the Annual Review of Sociology.
In other lines of research, Professor Jiménez examines how immigration becomes part of American national identity by studying a sample of high school US history textbooks from 1930-2007. This research employs hand-coding and computer-assisted text analysis of the textbook sample. With Marrianne Cooper (Clayman Institute, Stanford University) and Chrystal Redekopp (Laboratory for Social Research, Stanford), he is studying how Silicon Valley residents find housing in one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world. Professor Jiménez is embarking on new research examining how governments can effectively facilitate immigrant integration. As a Stanford Impact Labs Fellow, he is developing relationships with community partner organizations that will ultimately serve as collaborators in the research.
Professor Jiménez has taught at the University of California, San Diego. He has been named a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer (2017-19). He has also been an Irvine Fellow at the New America Foundation and a Sage Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (CASBS). He was the American Sociological Association Congressional Fellow in the office of US Rep. Michael Honda, where he served as a legislative aide for immigration, veterans’ affairs, housing, and election reform. His writing on policy has appeared in reports for the Immigration Policy Center and the Migration Policy Institute. He has written opinion-editorials on immigrant assimilation in several major news outlets, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, CNN.com, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has also offered commentary for media outlets, including NBC News, National Public Radio, and Univision.
Chairman, Bei Shan Tang Foundation
Chien Lee is a native of Hong Kong who spends most of his time working with not-for-profit organizations, particularly in the education sector. Aside from chairing his family’s foundation, Lee is Vice Chairman of the Council of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chairman of the CUHK Medical Center, and Supervisor of St. Paul’s Co-educational College in Hong Kong. Lee is also a non-executive director of Hysan Development Company Limited and Swire Pacific Limited, which are publicly listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Lee received his BS, MS, and MBA degrees from Stanford University and has served his alma mater in many capacities, including on the university’s Board of Trustees, the Boards of the Stanford Alumni Association and Stanford Health Care, the Advisory Councils of the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies, the Graduate School of Business, the Graduate School of Education, and the School of Engineering. He is currently also on the Board of Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
Principal (President) Emerita, McGill University, Chair, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments))
Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum (CASBS Class of 2013-14) is Chairperson of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) and Principal (President) Emerita McGill University. She has served as a distinguished university leader and a senior contributor in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology, public policy and governance - an accomplished researcher, policy maker and businesswoman. She served as Vice-President, Research and International Relations, at the University of Toronto, and subsequently became the first woman to be appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor (President) of McGill University, a position she held for over a decade. She has served on the boards of numerous publicly traded companies including Four Seasons Hotels, the Royal Bank of Canada, Alcan, and CGI Group, and, she serves and has served in leadership roles on a multitude of national and international commissions and task forces, special committees, and, boards in the science, innovation and broader public policy realms. She is currently Chairperson of the Gairdner Foundation, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation, Co-Founder of the McGill Neuro’s Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI) and Co-Chair of its Leaders’ Council, Advisor to the McGill University Health Centre Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (Mi4), and, Member of The Committee on the Future of Corporate Governance in Canada, the Advisory Board of Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), and, the Trilateral Commission.
Munroe-Blum is a graduate of McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been an influential advocate for educational, scientific and broader policy vehicles to advance population health, economic and social well-being. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Quebec, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and recipient of numerous national and international honorary degrees and awards. She is married to screenwriter and yogi, Len Blum, and is a proud mother and grandmother.
Paul Ricci was the chairman and CEO of Nuance Communications until he retired in March 2018. While at Nuance, Ricci transformed the company from a small imaging software publisher into a $2 billion leading provider of conversational speech and AI solutions, with 14,000 employees worldwide. During his tenure, the company successfully developed a pioneering healthcare technology business, became the leading global provider of customer self-service solutions, and built one of the world’s largest independent automotive software businesses.
Prior to joining Nuance in 2000, Ricci spent more than a decade at Xerox Corporation, where he served as a division president. He began his career at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center. Ricci holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Stanford University. He is a member of the Innovation Advisory Board at Partners Healthcare.
Professor and Chair, Sociology Department, University of Washington
Katherine Stovel is professor and chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Washington. From 2014-2017 she was the director of the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences.
Stovel is general sociologist who studies basic questions concerning the dynamic interplay of social organization and social relations. Her research, which follows in the tradition of social networks analysis, examines how core social processes are expressed in particular settings, and why these processes occasionally result in new institutional arrangements or new identities for individuals. Over the years she has investigated a number of substantive topics, including the impact of technological change on innovation, the micro-dynamics of brokerage relations, the impact of networks on employment segregation, the emergence of modern career systems, the process of becoming a Nazi, and temporal patterning in lynching in the Southern US. She also has a long-standing interest in how social context affects the health of adolescents. Stovel’s research has been published in major journals in Sociology and related disciplines, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and several private foundations.
Stovel holds an A.B. in political science from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She spent the 2008-09 academic year as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and from 2013-17 served as the editor of the British Journal of Sociology.
In her extra-professional life, she enjoys sailing, cooking, and learning about early 20th century expressionist art.
Professor in Residence and Director, Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice, UCLA
Maryanne Wolf is an advocate for children and literacy around the world through the use of neuroscience research for education. Her awards include highest honors from International Dyslexia Association (Geschwind and Orton awards) and The Dyslexia Foundation (Einstein Prize); Distinguished Researcher of the Year for Learning Disabilities in Australia; Distinguished Teacher of the Year from the state and national American Psychological Associations; Fulbright Fellowship ( Germany); and the Christopher Columbus Award for Intellectual Innovation for co-founding Curious Learning: A Global Literacy Initiative, with deployments in Africa, India, Australia, and rural United States. She has served as external advisor to the International Monetary Fund, Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation, and other Boards, and is a frequent speaker about global literacy at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and Academy of Sciences.
Wolf has authored over 170 scientific publications including: Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (15 translations; HarperCollins, 2007); Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital Culture (11 translations, HarperCollins, 2018). She has created the RAVE-O reading curriculum for dyslexia and co-authored RAN/RAS tests of reading prediction with Martha Denckla. She received both the national award from the Reading League for her contributions on reading research and the Walter Ong Award for her work on the effects of different mediums on the intellectual development of the species. Most recently, she was elected to be a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Founder and Executive Chairman, SAGE Publishing
Sara Miller McCune is the founder and chair emeritus of SAGE Publishing. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering dedication to academia, the then-24-year-old Sara founded SAGE in 1965 to start a company that would allow scholars to disseminate quality research in their own voices and break new ground in emerging fields of study. Today, Ms. McCune also serves as a director of SAGE Publications Ltd (London, founded in 1971) and Corwin, a SAGE company and leading publisher for educational administrators and teachers. SAGE set up subsidiaries in India in 1981, Singapore in 2006, Melbourne in 2015, and Toronto in 2018. While Ms. McCune remains actively involved in the company’s ongoing expansion and development, in keeping with a longstanding plan, in 2021 she transferred her voting shares and control of the company to an independent trust. The move ensures SAGE’s independence and will ultimately see a number of higher education institutions become SAGE’s beneficial owners.
Reflecting her longstanding interest in philanthropy, especially in promoting social, educational, economic, and environmental justice, Ms. McCune is founder and president of the McCune Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Ventura County, California, where SAGE’s home office is located. The foundation supports productive change through building social capital in two counties on California’s Central Coast.
In 2012, Ms. McCune received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Queens College (CUNY), for her visionary work as publisher, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary fellowship from Cardiff University and an honorary doctorate from Bath University and in 2016, Ms. McCune received honorary degrees from California State University Channel Islands and Sussex University. Ms. McCune is also an Honorary Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford. Additionally, she is an honorary alumna of University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), as well as a recipient of their highest honor, the Santa Barbara Medal.
In 2018, Ms. McCune was awarded the coveted London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her 50+ years working within the publishing industry. The award is a testament to her tireless support of social science research, her unwavering commitment to the global dissemination of knowledge, and her passionate belief that education is fundamental for the formation of healthy societies. In 2018 she was selected for membership in the prestigious American Philosophical Society (founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin), and in April of 2019, she received the Venky Narayanamurti Entrepreneurial Leadership Award from UCSB's College of Engineering.
An active supporter of the behavioral and social sciences, McCune serves on the New-York based Social Science Research Council’s Board of Directors and is a past chair of their Visiting Committee. Previously, she was a long-serving member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and is a board member emerita of Stanford’s CASBS center.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the World Justice Project
William “Bill” Neukom is the founder and chief executive officer of the World Justice Project, an organization devoted to promoting the rule of law throughout the world. He is a retired partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm K&L Gates, and is a lecturer at Stanford Law School where he teaches a seminar on the rule of law.
Bill was the lead lawyer for Microsoft for nearly 25 years, managing its legal, government and industry affairs, and philanthropic activities. He retired from Microsoft as its executive vice president of law and corporate affairs in 2002, and returned to his law firm and served as its chair from 2003 to 2007. He was president of the American Bar Association from 2007 to 2008 and received the ABA Medal in 2020. He was the chief executive office of the San Francisco Giants baseball team from 2008 to 2011. He joined the board of directors of Fortinet, Inc. in 2013 and currently serves as its lead independent director. He is a trustee emeritus of University of Puget Sound and Dartmouth College, where he served as chair of the board from 2004 to 2007. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Stanford Law School and served as its chair from 2012 – 2015. He is chair of the External Advisory Board of the Population Health Initiative at the University of Washington.
He earned his AB from Dartmouth College and his LLB from Stanford University and has honorary degrees from Dartmouth College, Gonzaga University, the University of Puget Sound, and the University of South Carolina.
In 1995, Bill and his children founded the Neukom Family Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations in the fields of education, the environment, health, human services, and justice.
He and his wife, Sally, live in Seattle and together have five children and sixteen grandchildren.